A loan of $800 helped to buy supplies and fertilizers and to invest in her cacao crops.

Cruz Mercedes's story

Cruz Mercedes is 22 years old. She is single and lives with her parents in Ventanas canton, in Los Ríos province. She has a one year-old child.

The 'El Progreso' community bank is located in Aguas Frías de Mocache, in Mocache province. The members of this bank work in short-cycle agriculture, growing corn and rice.

Cruz Mercedes is a farmer who grows corn, rice and small quantities of cacao. She buys her products in Comercial Peña and makes her sales in the wholesale market in Ventanas.

Cruz Mercedes is requesting this loan to grow corn and rice. She will buy supplies and fertilizers, and will invest in her cacao crop. The support of this loan will help her to financially cover her needs. She faces challenges in her business such as a lack of money to invest. Her dream is to help her family financially and to finish her university studies.

Cruz Mercedes enjoys exercising, swimming and dancing.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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